Mary-Faith Westervelt has lived and worked on Shelter Island since 1996 when she began a general practice of law concentrating on elder law, real estate, contracts, trusts, and estates. In 2011, she was elected Shelter Island Town Justice and has served as co-chair of the Island’s Community Housing Board since 2008 following her service as co-chair of its Affordable Housing Commission which she helped initiate in 2005. She is a Trustee of the Shelter Island Historical Society, serves on Our Lady of the Isle’s Caring Council as Chairwoman of its Pastoral Council and, from 2003 to 2006, headed the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island’s Voter Services effort.
Mary-Faith holds a B.A. degree in Economics and English and a J.D. from Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center where she graduated Cum Laude. She is a member of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar and the Suffolk County Magistrates Associations, as well as, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Long Island Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. She joined the Brookhaven Laboratory in 1976 and held various full-time executive positions until 2010 and now continues as Executive Operations Manager on a part-time basis.
She is married to Brian Westervelt, a Shelter Islander since 1983.